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Economic Inequality, Interpersonal Trust, and Support for Redistributive Policies in Latin America
Unformatted Document Text:  16 ROS4. The (nationality) government should implement firm policies to reduce inequality in income between the rich and the poor. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? The results of the 2008 surveys match our expectations. 10 Not only do Latin Americans consider the current distribution of income in their countries to be unfair or very unfair, but the data from the AmericasBarometer also indicate that there is an overwhelming demand for the implementation of public policies to reduce the gap between rich and poor in most countries. Figure 3 shows the average level of support for income redistribution in eight countries. 65.1 77.5 79.2 82.1 83.5 83.7 84.2 86.2 Honduras Costa Rica Nicaragua Colombia Chile Argentina Panama Peru 0 20 40 60 80 100 Average Support for Redistributive Policies 95% C.I (Design Based Corrected Error) Source: AmericasBarometer 2008 by LAPOP Figure 3 10 The original scale for this question was from 1 to 7, where 1 refers to “strongly disagree” and 7 “strongly agree.” This item was recoded into a 0-100 scale.

Authors: Cordova, Abby.
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ROS4. The (nationality) government should implement firm policies to reduce
inequality in income between the rich and the poor. To what extent do you agree
or disagree with this statement?

The results of the 2008 surveys match our expectations.
10
Not only do Latin Americans
consider the current distribution of income in their countries to be unfair or very unfair, but the
data from the AmericasBarometer also indicate that there is an overwhelming demand for the
implementation of public policies to reduce the gap between rich and poor in most countries.
Figure 3 shows the average level of support for income redistribution in eight countries.
65.1
77.5
79.2
82.1
83.5
83.7
84.2
86.2
Honduras
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Colombia
Chile
Argentina
Panama
Peru
0
20
40
60
80
100
Average Support for Redistributive Policies
95% C.I (Design Based Corrected Error)
Source: AmericasBarometer 2008 by LAPOP
Figure 3
10
The original scale for this question was from 1 to 7, where 1 refers to “strongly disagree” and 7 “strongly agree.”
This item was recoded into a 0-100 scale.


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